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Find Out What Makes Seattle ‘City of Literature’

The aim of UNESCO’s City of Literature Network is to “promote the social, economic and cultural development of cities in both the developed and developing world.” The network was born out of UNESCO’s global alliance for Cultural Diversity initiative. Participating cities can promote their local creative scene while fostering UNESCO’s goal of cultural diversity. The types of genres included are literature, music, design, film, crafts and folk art, media arts and gastronomy. 


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In order to be approved your city must participate in a number of efforts to strengthen the market for literary products, be involved in diversifying the quantity and quality of publishing, host a number of literary events and translate literary works from diverse national languages to preserve and promote domestic and foreign literature for future generations. A few landmarks of literary value wouldn’t go amiss either.




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The network currently brings together 1,250 libraries and 130 literary festivals in 28 countries with a strong celebrated cultural literary heritage attached. A few of the cities include Prague, Czech Repubic; Lillehammer, Norway; Milan, Italy; Utrecht, Netherlands; and Dublin, Ireland. Im sure they’re proud to see their literary heritage getting recognition and rewarded. Getting recognised as a city of literaure is sure to boost the tourism economy. There are so many book lovers out there! 


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Would You Go On A “Blind Date” With A Book?

You know what they say, you can’t judge a book by its cover; but let me ask you this, would you read a book even if you couldn’t see the cover?


Throughout the country, booksellers are captivating readers to be risk takers and read books solely based on the seller’s’ opinion. If you’ve ever been set up on a blind date, then you know that it’s all about taking chances — and booksellers want you to take a chance on them.

There are many locations that have adopted this idea, each offering a unique quality to their “blind date” process. For instance, at Book Culture, an NYC-based bookstore with three locations throughout the city, they wrap the book in a paper bag and the only clue they provide is a “read me if you liked these” list of book titles. This idea might seem crazy, but Cari Quartuccio from Book Culture says, “It’s been the most successful table we’ve ever put together.”


A picture of a book covered with a paper bag saying "read me if you liked"

If you consider yourself a “bookworm” and like being adventurous, then this concept might be the perfect fit for you.

To learn more about the different locations, check out the full article here.


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